How old do I have to be to get Medicare if already receiving Social Security Disability?

1 answer | Last updated: Nov 20, 2013
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How old do you have to be to get Medicare if you are receiving Social Security Disability? Do you have to be 50 years old to get Medicare?


Expert Answers

You don't have to be 50-years old in order to receive full Medicare coverage if you are receiving Social Security disability benefits. You can get Medicare coverage at any age once you have received Social Security or Railroad Retirement disability benefits for 24 months. Medicare sets out this rule on its web site page explaining eligibility.